Just the Facts: Corked Wine

Here are the facts you need to know about corked wine: What is corked wine? Corked wine is wine that has been infected by a chemical called "trichloroanisole."  Don't worry about remembering that; wine people just use the short-form "TCA." Why do we call the wine “corked”?  Because the TCA comes from the cork. Cork is made from the bark of cork trees (mostly in Portugal), and sometimes those trees have TCA on them. How do I know if a wine is corked? Sometimes a “corked” wine is badly infected with TCA and it tastes musty and smells like wet newspaper, cardboard or sawdust. But sometimes, when a corked wine is just a little infected, it can be hard to tell. ... Read More »